An Update on Directions to Fix or Rectify Building Work
Plenty has been written both in Victoria and elsewhere as to the issue of defective cladding on the externals of buildings.
Australia Needs Tougher Home Energy Efficiency Standards
Since the last upgrade to residential energy efficiency requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) in 2010, power bills have soared and technologies and design options...
Which Approach to Non-Complying Products is Best?
Since the Grenfell tragedy in London and the Lacrosse apartment debacle in Melbourne, politicians of all stripes have been under pressure to act on combustible cladding...
Wynne’s Game of Russian Roulette: Playing With People’s Lives
A recent ruling by the Supreme Court should send shockwaves throughout the Victorian community.
Prosecutable Offences Under the Victorian Building Act 1993
There is a litany of ways by which a property owner or building practitioner can run afoul of the penalty provisions of the Building Act 1993.
Resolving Fire Safety for Aluminium Composite Cladding Products
The problems surrounding the Building Code and its enforcement with respect to aluminium composite panels (“ACPs”) used for building cladding, along with the dangers of combustibility...
Do Depreciation Deductions Apply to You?
Owners of income producing properties are eligible to claim tax deductions for a number of expenses involved in holding a property, but all too often investors...
Is This the End of Dodgy Directors?
A little while back, we were running a claim for a consultant who had done work for some developers who had set up here. We did...
Can Building Regulations Deliver ?
Legislation cannot be used as an effective means of controlling recalcitrant behaviour unless the enforcement regime has real purchase.
New Depreciation Legislation for Australian Property Investors
In one of the most dramatic changes to property depreciation legislation in more than 15 years, Parliament has passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Housing Tax Integrity)...